Artist Statement and Bio
Early in life I discovered an affinity for creating art in a variety of forms. I began with simple drawings of my favorite animals. Expanding into sculptured art for many years, birds and wildlife became my focus. I am primarily a self-taught artist; however, I was influenced by many exceptional artists as I was growing up.
It wasn’t until later in life that I began to paint in watercolors. I invested time with a master watercolorist in Texas. He influenced my style and gave me the basics of watercolor principles. My watercolor subjects are influenced by western and ranching culture and often feature ranching themes. This is the lifestyle I grew up with and continue living today.
I hope you will see in my paintings, glimpses of my everyday ranching life that includes the animals I love and the people I meet along the way. This painting titled,” A Girls Best Friend”, provides an example of how and where I choose my subjects. The reference photos were captured after a long day of branding, castrating and doctoring calves in our large cow, calf operation. I paint from real life events and experiences to capture our ranching culture. As you might suspect, horses are one of my favorite subjects.